Apr 17, 2015

Random Articles - RAW 150417










The weekend is almost upon us so here is my weekly offering of random articles from around the world wide web.  There are more articles than usual so I hope you find something that will peek your interest.  Enjoy it with your favourite beverage.  This weekend I was going to enjoy a new tea, Ginger Iron Goddess, but it didn't arrive on time, so I'm back to trying to get a perfect long black using my Chemex and the pour over method.

  •  Nicholls tells Digital Minds: 'Showrooming is like shoplifting'
  • Two Authors Withdraw Their Work From This Year's Hugo Awards
  • Author James Patterson to donate again to indies
  • 3M Cloud Library Expands Into Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Borrowing ebooks from a library (infographic)
  • Amazon Files Suit Over Fake Reviews
  • Two Articles about Agency Pricing
  • I Tried To Pay Foxtel For Game Of Thrones, But They Wouldn't Let Me






Nicholls tells Digital Minds: 'Showrooming is like shoplifting'

thebookseller.com - Showrooming is just a “genteel form of shoplifting” author David Nicholls told an audience at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference this morning (13th April). Nicholls spoke of the importance of physical bookshops, and criticized the practice of discovering a title in a bookshop only to buy it online instead, known as showrooming.  Read more...






Two Authors Withdraw Their Work From This Year's Hugo Awards


io9.com - The controversy over this year's Hugo Awards nominations continues to get messier. Two authors who were nominated for awards after being included on the Sad Puppies voting slate (and the copycat slate, Rabid Puppies) have decided to withdraw from the Hugo ballot. Read more...



Patterson to donate again to indies


thebookseller.com - Author James Patterson is to donate a further £250,000 to indie bookshops in the UK and Ireland, bringing his total donation up to half a million pounds. Read more...







3M Cloud Library Expands Into Australia and the United Kingdom


goodereader.com - Residents of Australia and the United Kingdom will now be able to enjoy healthy competition in the digital library space. The 3M Cloud Library will now heavily compete against Overdrive and Softlink, giving libraries a viable alternative.  Read more...




Borrowing ebooks from a library (infographic)


ebookfriendly.com - Libraries are access points to ebooks for many communities. The only problem is that borrowing ebooks is still too complicated.  Read more...






Amazon Files Suit Over Fake Reviews


Inks, Bits, and Pixels - Fake reviews, including fake book reviews, are a perennial problem on Amazon.com and other retail sites. Both authors and publishers have used fake reviews to boost their profiles and sell more books. Read more...





Two Articles about Agency Pricing


Inks, Bits, and Pixels - HarperCollins to Bring Back Agency Pricing as Early As Next Week
digitalbookworld.com - Penguin Random House Brings Ebooks to Acela Passengers





I Tried To Pay Foxtel For Game Of Thrones, But They Wouldn't Let Me


gizmodo.com.au - “There is no longer any excuse to pirate Game of Thrones.” That’s what the self-satisfied think-pieces were telling me. That’s what the smug folk on Twitter are saying. It seems every time I refreshed I was regaled with the all-too loud declarations of those who wanted everyone to know they would be paying to watch Game of Thrones. Bully for you.  Read more...


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